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Capitol Hill’s Deep-Fried Japanese Street Food Spot Aims to Open by Year’s End

Shota Nakajima’s new restaurant, Taku, has hit construction delays

Kushikatsu, a deep-fried Japanese skewer, with sauce
Deep-fried Japanese skewers are coming to Capitol Hill courtesy of Adana chef Shota Nakajima.
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Shota Nakajima’s upcoming Capitol Hill restaurant Taku, which will be dedicated to Osaka’s famous deep-fried skewers, has hit construction delays. The owner of Eater 38 member Adana says he’s now hoping to open his new spot toward the end of the year.

Taku will serve kushikatsu, a popular street food snack in Japan that consists of deep-fried meat and vegetable skewers served with dipping sauce. And it will be more casual than the carefully plated, multi-course meals at Adana. The restaurant is slated for a space at East Pike and Boylston Avenue, near Salt and Straw and Redhook Brewlab.

Nakajima says his relatively small 1,500-square-foot space probably won’t have any servers, just a menu of skewers split into categories by price, like $2, $3, and $4 options, and a spot to place an order. He’s also planning to serve a grab-bag of 20-30 fried bites called a F*ck It Bucket. Aiming for the late-night crowd, Taku will stay open until 2 a.m. and will have an East Pike pick-up window.

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